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Mars Area School District

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Lunch Program/Menus

Lunch Counter

Food Service Department
520 Route 228
Mars, Pa. 16046
Ph: (724) 625-1988
Nutrition Inc., Food Service Provider
Bridget Cavanaugh, Food Service Director

Mars Area School District offers daily breakfast and lunch in every school. For the 2023-2024 School Year, the lunch price is $2.80 and the breakfast price is $1.25 for elementary students (K-6). For secondary students (7-12), the lunch price is $3.25 and breakfast is $1.25.

The District participates in the National School Lunch Program, which offers discounted or free meals to eligible families. Applications for the program are available online at and at All children approved for free or reduced-price meals the previous year are automatically eligible for the first 30 days of the next school year. (Note: Mars Area High School and Mars Area Middle School do not participate in the National School Lunch Program; however, eligible students in Grades 7-12 may still apply for discounted or free meals. An application specific to the High School/Middle School program is available at

Meal Modification Requests
Parents may request meal modifications to accommodate a child's disability in accordance with District Policy 209.1 Food Allergy Management. To view the policy, click on the appropriate link in the right-hand column.

Cafeteria Notices
À La Carte Items Cannot Be Charged — All Mars Area School District parents are advised that à la carte items may not be charged to a student’s school meal account if the account has a negative balance. Students may pay for à la carte items with cash if their meal account has a positive balance or by or using a student meal account with a positive balance. The District will always provide a student with a school meal regardless of his/her ability to pay. Questions may directed to the individual school cafeteria.

For more information about the District’s School Lunch Program, contactr Mrs. Bridget Cavanaugh, Food Service Director at (724) 625-1988.

USDA Summer Food Service Program

The USDA Summer Food Service Program offers free meals for all children and teens, ages 18 and younger, at many locations throughout the community during the summer months while school is not in session.
Schools and/or families may use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer: 
  • Call 211
  • Call 1 (866) 3Hungry or 1 (877) 8Hambre
  • Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877877 during the summer months 
  • Text “SUMMER MEALS” or “VERANO” to 97779. 
  • Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service website at 
  • Use the Site Locator App for smartphones -
Mars Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and handicap in its activities, programs 
or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.